REWIND – The Work of Women’s Hands: Maryland Chintz Quilts with Liz Lay for Montgomery History
We're excited to listen to this great History Conversation hosted by Montgomery History - excerpt from their website is below! "When we think of 200-year-old quilts, we imagine humble pieced bed coverings made of scraps. In fact, the oldest Maryland quilts...
Log Cabin Quilts
The Log Cabin pattern became popular in the 1860s, during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. It celebrates a key element of the Lincoln legend–his humble birth in an Illinois log cabin in 1809.
Grandma Carpenter Map Quilts
We  are pleased to have sold two quilts made by Harriet and Uriah Carpenter (aka Grandma Carpenter) to The International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. One of the quilts is a map of the United States and the other is...
Basket Quilts
Quilts that celebrated the simple geometry of the basket first appeared in the second quarter of the 19th century. They were made either by piecing, appliqué, or a combination of the two techniques. The Basket pattern probably developed among women...
Appliqué Center Medallion Quilts
Appliqué Center Medallion quilts are the product of creative resourcefulness. Although considered high- style quilts, their format was developed with cost in mind. Typically, these quilts feature broderie perse chintz appliqué on a white ground. White, unprinted cotton cost less...
Pieced Center Medallion Quilts
Center Medallion quilts consist of a main panel surrounded by a series of borders. The center may be pieced, appliquéd, or made from a single block of printed fabric. Pieced versions, made mostly between 1820 and 1840, incorporate numerous small...
Displaying Quilts
Most quilts were made as functional objects. Many have survived more than 150 years and will continue to last if handled with a modicum of care and respect. When choosing a quilt, consider the use to which you plan to put it.
New Year, New Website
We're excited to announce the launch of our new website, which we hope will make exploring the collections easier and more enjoyable. The new website also features an easy-checkout process! We would love to hear what you think in the comments!
Caring for Quilts
The question most frequently asked of an antique "How can I wash my quilt?" The wise advisor offers no single answer. Each quilt must be considered on the basis of age, fabrics, and general condition.